SIA cuts licence fees for stewards and security firms
THE Security Industry Authority (SIA) has made its fees cheaper for door stewards and security firms.
The industry regulator reduced the cost of an individual SIA licence from £245 to £220 from January 1, with the reduction applying to new applicants and renewals. Annual charges for security firms’ membership of the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) have been cut from £17 to £15 per employee.
The SIA said it has been able to cut the fee levels, which had been in place since 2007, as a result of government austerity measures and “continuing improvements to working practices”.
Chairman Ruth Henig said the changes will save the industry £3 million this year.
“We are very aware of the challenges faced by both businesses and licensed individuals in this difficult climate,” she said.
In October 2010 the UK government announced a “phased transition to a new regulatory regime” for the private security industry. The SIA is working with the government and industry on plans for future regulation.